Recent Eighth Circuit Decision on Total Pollution Exclusion Limits CGL Insurance Coverage for Contaminated Product Claims

On Monday, April 29, 2019, the Eighth Circuit ruled that the “total pollution exclusion” (CG 21 49 or similar) to a CGL insurance policy eliminated coverage for claims against a policyholder that supplied a contaminated ingredient incorporated in livestock feed. See Restaurant Recycling, LLC v. Employer Mutual Casualty Co., No. Read More

Fiduciary Liability Insurance: I’ll Bet You Didn’t Know about IRS Remedial Program (EPCRS) Coverage

Most commercial policyholders have some understanding of Fiduciary Liability Insurance, which covers the sponsors and fiduciaries of employee benefit plans against ERISA and similar state law claims. In addition to liability insurance coverage, these policies often provide first-party coverage for certain attorneys’ fees, and IRS fines and penalties associated with Read More

Employed Lawyers Coverage: It’s Probably Not What You Think

Sometimes a client/in-house lawyer will call, uneasy with a legal project. Perhaps the lawyer has been asked to give aggressive advice, represent the company in a high stakes deal, or to handle a type of matter with which they have no experience. Ultimately, the lawyer will ask whether their company’s Read More

Should I Cash the Insurer’s Check?

In the midst of a coverage dispute, an insurer will often issue a check to the policyholder for less than the amount the policyholder contends is due. On these occasions, the policyholder will ask, “Should I cash the check?” The policyholder’s legitimate fear is that cashing the check will eliminate Read More

Not Giving Timely Notice to the Insurer of a Charge of Discrimination May Doom Coverage under an Employment Practices Liability Insurance Policy

Under most states’ laws, a policyholder’s failure to report a claim to the insurer within the time prescribed by a claims made liability insurance policy will compromise coverage. A late notice scenario that recurs all too often involves an employer that loses coverage for an employment discrimination lawsuit by failing Read More